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South Korea's President Moon Jae-in. Phot: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP via Getty Images

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet with Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, and other North Korean officials during a luncheon on Saturday in Pyeongchang, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: Kim Yo Jong is believed to be the first member of the Kim dynasty to visit South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War, and the meeting underscores the effort by both countries to use the Olympics as a means to improve escalating tensions in the region.

Quick hits:

  • Vice President Mike Pence will meet separately with Moon, but it is still unclear whether Pence will meet with any members of the North Korean delegation.
  • A Pence aide told Axios' Mike Allen earlier this month that the VP will use every opportunity to remind the world of the oppression in North Korea.
  • "We will not allow North Korea’s propaganda to hijack the messaging of the Olympics," the aide said.
  • Timing: Thousands of North Korean soldiers marched through Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military. According to the AP, Kim Jong Un told the crowd that the parade displayed North Korea’s might as a “global military power.”

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Exclusive: GOP Leader McCarthy asks to meet with Biden about the border

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy at CPAC. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has requested a meeting with President Biden to discuss the rising numbers of unaccompanied migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, in a letter sent on Friday.

Why it matters: Biden is facing criticism from the right and the left as agency actions and media reports reveal spiking numbers of migrant children overwhelming parts of the U.S. immigration system. Recent data shows an average of 321 kids being referred to migrant shelters each day, as Axios reported.

Vaccine hesitancy drops, but with partisan divide

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69% of the public intends to get a COVID vaccine or already has, up significantly from 60% in November, according to a report out Friday from the Pew Research Center.

Yes, but: The issue has become even more partisan, with 56% of Republicans who say they want or have already received a coronavirus vaccine compared to 83% of Democrats.

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China's 5-year plan is hazy on climate

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China's highly anticipated 5-year plan revealed on Friday provides little new information about its climate initiatives, leaving plenty to discuss in multinational meetings this year and lots of blanks for China to fill in later.

Driving the news: The top-line targets for 2025, per state media, aim to lower energy intensity by 13.5% and carbon emissions intensity by 18% — that is, measures of energy use and emissions relative to economic output.